Spain is participating in its eleventh Olympic Games in the men’s soccer category. The senior team did it on three occasions, with the amateur in the same and the sub23 doing it for the fourth time.
Up to four editions have seen The Red or La Rojita being unable to reach the direct playoffs, either by failing to pass a group stage or a previous stage. This has happened in Paris 1924, Montreal 1976, Moscow 1980 and London 2012. We review those occasions where the initial round was overcome:
In the eighth edition of the Olympic Games, Spain was seen starting in the second round with a win (7-1) against Mexico. However, he could not beat Italy by drawing (1-1) but succumbing to a hard defeat (7-1) in the tiebreaker.
In the group stage of the 16th edition of the Olympic Games, Spain was seen to finish leader of Group 2 thanks to the triumphs against Brazil (1-0) and Nigeria (3-0), with a draw (0-0) against Japan. In the quarterfinals he could not beat the hosts, who prevailed (2-0) to advance to the semifinals.
In the group stage of the 23rd edition of the Olympic Games, Spain finished second in Group B by beating Saudi Arabia (1-0) and Australia (3-2), as well as drawing (1-1) against France. In the quarterfinals it would be beaten (4-0) by Argentina.
In the group stage of the 24th edition of the Olympic Games, Spain finished second in Group B after beating South Korea (0-3) and Morocco (2-0), but succumbing (1-3) to Chile. They eliminated Italy (0-1) in the quarterfinals and the United States in the semifinals (1-3), but in the final they lost (2-2 and 3-5 on penalties) against Cameroon.
In the group stage of the 22nd edition of the Olympic Games, Spain obtained a full of victories against Colombia (4-0), Egypt (2-0) and Qatar (2-0). They beat Italy (1-0), Ghana (2-0) and Poland (3-2) en route to their last Gold Medal to date.